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The publisher of the Bad Lands Cow Boy, Arthur T. Packard played an important role in Medoras boom years during the 1880s. A contemporary of the Marquis de Mores and Theodore Roosevelt, Packard's experiences in Medora are being retold by Don Ehli of Dickinson. Ehli portrays the character of Packard through the State Historical Society of North Dakota's popular History Alive! programs in Medora. His final performances as Packard at the Chateau de Mores State Historic Site this summer are at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 p.m.
MEDORA --Campers are renewing their faith through Bible studies, songs around the campfire and afternoons of games and hiking at the newly relocated Badlands Ministries camp and retreat facility. The camp opened after the old facilities were decommissioned on May 31. The service was followed by a procession, ribbon cutting and blessing service at the new site southeast of Medora. "We're using this as a facility provided by Lutherans for use by all Christians.
The Frank and Veronica Hutmacher farm, considered a time capsule of immigrant architecture, is being restored through the efforts of Preservation North Dakota. Preservation North Dakota Executive Director Dale Bentley said the summer's focus is the farm house. Volunteers are spending weekends on site, learning the techniques used in earthen construction. The Hutmacher farm is located in Dunn County, northwest of Manning. Built in 1928, the farm consists of six buildings. All the buildings are made of slab-stone construction with clay mortar and earthen roofs.
The Vang Lutheran Church, which is located 15 miles south of Dunn Center, is observing its 100th anniversary in 2008. "While membership has declined dramatically, the faithful few that remain continue to support the life of the church," said member Marvin Synnes. He said the church hosted a celebration on Saturday, July 6. "We had a full house," he said. "People were in the aisle out to the steps.
Preservation North Dakota may consider the Hutmacher farm as a one-of-a-kind treasure of immigrant architecture, but to Emma Urlacher of Dickinson, it was just home. Urlacher, together with her sisters and brother, lived a simple life on the farm with their parents, Frank and Veronica Hutmacher. "It was a good life. I think we didn't know any better...It was home, a place to hang your hat," she said. Urlacher's siblings include Eleanor Urlacher, Dickinson; Catherine Kostelecky, Richardton, and Alex Hutmacher, Dickinson. The Hutmacher family raised cattle, pigs and chickens.
Seventy-four Cub Scouts from throughout the Roughider District enjoyed activities at the annual day camp held Monday through Wednesday at the Dickinson Lions Park. Roughrider District Executive said the district expends from Lemmon, S.D., to Beulah, and from Beach to Carson. "It's just a fun event for boys to get out and do a lot of things they enjoy -- BB guns, archery," he said. MDU provided a truck for an egg drop, while the fire department sprayed down the boys in the summer heat. "We ended with a picnic for the boys and their families.
The Missoula Children's Theatre is concluding a summer camp in Dickinson with performances of "The Wiz of the West." The play is being presented at 3 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. today in the Dickinson High School Auditorium. Tour actor/directors Beth Bronner and Danielvarious elements of theatre to students during the week-long camp. Stefano said the play gives the "Wizard of Oz" story a western twang.
The Taylor Horse-Fest is returning this year with its Hee Haw-themed musical. "People have been asking to have it back, so we decided to try it again," said Director Jean Marcusen. Performances of the Tayor Horse-Fest Hee Haw are at 7:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, July 25-26, at the Taylor-Richardton Elementary School. "The cast is a lot of returning members and a few new people. Most have been in the show before," said Marcusen.
The sisters' convent located next to Dickinson's Trinity High School is experiencing a face-lift, thanks to a crew of volunteers from the community. The convent currently stands empty. There's plenty of dust to vacuum, walls to paint and windows to clean. Repairs to the windows and plumbing also are under way. While the convent remains a work in progress, it's intended to become the home for School Sisters of Notre Dame -- Sr. Dorothy Zeller, Dickinson Catholic Schools superintendent; Sr. Annette Dobitz, who teaches junior high math at THS and Sr.
The citizens of the mythical city of Elkridge organized a town council, opened businesses and created their own currency during this year's mini-society held at the Dickinson State University Strom Center. "Elkridge is a mini-society youth entrepreneurship camp," said facilitator Barry Striegel. Twenty-seven campers and four assistant facilitators participated in the two-week camp that concluded Friday.